The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. In the evenings this time of year, we often hear a deep growling sound coming from across the water that sounds like a call-and-response conversation. We soon learned that the growls come from...
Category Archive: Story
This is About the Ham 🐖
A debate about storing ham in a Tupperware container could have gone in a lot of directions. We found a path without hurt feelings.
Hibernating in the PNW ☔️ 🦠
The winter of 2020-21 was no regular winter. A range of factors all converged to make it like a hibernation that could only end in the spring.
Because It’s Cool 😎
This question exposed a reality that I wasn’t prepared to admit to myself. I am sometimes driven not by a sense of objective quality or beauty, but because I think it’s cool and I want to be cool. The real answer to Sachi’s question, more than I want to admit, is “I like it because it’s cool right now.”
Preparing Drywall for Paint 🧹🧽
Before the house could be painted, the dust from level 5 drywall had to be removed and it was a much bigger challenge that I expected and it put a strain on our relationship.
A Story On Big Enough Launch Day 📹 📄
On the day Big Enough launched I sat down in front of the camera to share a story from the book about making a video for Google.
Making The Trailer Video for Big Enough ⛰ 🐕🦺 📹
To create the trailer for my book, Big Enough, I wanted to take advantage of the natural scenery where I live. So I packed up my drone and dogs and went on a hike. If only it were so easy.
Mindfulness and Just One Thing 💦🌲
I decided to try being more mindful and focused on one thing at a time. It didn’t go well.
The Smell of Crabbing in the Salish Sea 🐟🐕
One of the challenges of crabbing in the Salish Sea is dealing with the bait, which can sometimes get very ripe. In this case, the bait attracted our dogs, who shared the love.
WHOOOOSH and the Whales 🦌🌲🐋
A walk to our construction site ends in seeing orca whales in the water in front of the house.
In an Instant, She Was Gone 🌲🦮🌲
On a windy afternoon, our dog disappeared into the woods hunting for deer. This is what happened and how it felt.
A Return to Herb’s 🚢🎒🚢
Sometimes the reality of living on an island taking ferries becomes very real. This is one of those times.
The Grinch on the Hill 😡👉
You might assume that living on an island creates a sense of community and that’s true for most people. We found one that wasn’t feeling it.
Good Lives Make Bad Stories 🎧🗣
A couple pretending to have fun at a silent disco made me question what I share online and how to make it more authentic.
The Inspiration for the Name “Ready for Rain” 🌤🌧
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. Ready for Rain is the title of a popular essay I wrote a few years back (included below). To me, the name relates to the season changes of the Pacific Northwest and a perspective Sachi and I share....
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night 🪓🌧
On a cold and stormy Sunday night, a truck backed up to our house at around midnight. This is the story of what happened next and what it taught us about living on an island.
Aboard the Elwha Ferry ⛴ 🐋
Notes and beautiful photos from a ferry ride on the Salish Sea between Anacortes and Orcas Island in Washington State.
Breaking the Rules at the Westsound Potluck 🍽
An embarrassing story about arriving at a potluck full of strangers in Westsound, WA, on Orcas Island.
Dreaming of Orcas Island – As The Salmon Sizzled 🐟⛺️🔥
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. In June of 2017, Sachi and I left Seattle for a camping trip and came home with an idea we assumed would blow over. Surely, time and debate would see it whither. Surely. We started the trip with...
The Guy on the Ferry with South Carolina Plates ⛴ 🚙
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. “Would the owner of a white Toyota Tacoma, with South Carolina plates, please go to your vehicle?” This was not something I expected or wanted to hear coming from a loudspeaker of a ferry in the...